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Susquehanna SPCA ‘March Matchness’ competition gets underway

In the spirit of March Madness, it’s cats versus dogs as the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) hosts its very first “March Matchness” event from now through the final game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Kicking off on Saturday, March 23, the shelter competition will loosely follow the men’s tourney schedule. The Susquehanna SPCA champion will be announced on Tuesday, April 9.

March Matchness begins with the Elite Eight – four competitors in both the Canine and Feline conferences. Through each round of play, the public is invited to donate toward an animal, or animals, of their choice. Every dollar donated is equivalent to one point, and a winner will be chosen at the end of each “game” based on points earned.

Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes said March Matchness is inspired by the success of the Cooperstown Central School boys’ basketball team, which recently won its first Class C state title.

“And if you’re thinking of adding a companion animal to your life, this is a fun way to support the shelter as you find the right match,” Haynes added.

The Elite Eight will go head-to-head March 23-29, followed by a match-up of the “Final Fur” from March 30-April 6. Donations to determine the overall champion will be tallied April 7-8.

The winner of March Matchness will be announced on April 9 via a live Facebook stream. The champion will enjoy special treatment including trips and prizes, and their adoption fee will be waived. In the event that a competitor is adopted during March Matchness, there are four alternates waiting to sub in on each bench.

The Canine Conference first team is Eli, Hamilton, Kahlua, and Reese, with backup from Bella, Ragnar, Rocco, and Stella. Representing the Feline Conference are Buck, Buttercup, Magnus, and Olivia; Emmett, Festus, Pickle, and Zin are waiting in the wings.

To meet the March Matchness team members in person, visit the shelter Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Photos and information on all 16 animals can be found at https://sqspca.org/available-animals/.

Donations toward March Matchness can be made at the shelter, by mailing in a check, or online through the website, www.sqspca.org. Donors should be sure the name of the animal(s) they are supporting is included with their donation.  Stop by, check out the website or call (607) 547-8111 to learn more.

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In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org

Cider Run to benefit the Susquehanna SPCA

FLY CREEK – Area road racing, running, and walking enthusiasts are shrugging off the winter doldrums and lacing up their running shoes in anticipation of the seventh annual Cider Run, set for Saturday, April 27 at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

This year’s event features a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and kids’ fun run, with proceeds to benefit the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The scenic courses provide spectacular views of the mountains and valleys that surround the Fly Creek Cider Mill, and participation includes a refreshing pint of cider at the finish.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that cares for homeless, abandoned, and seized animals in and around Otsego County.

“The Cider Run is one of our largest fundraisers of the year. Cider Run sponsors and participants represent a significant piece of the puzzle that enables our dedicated staff and volunteers to provide necessary support and medical care to animals in need,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

On or before April 1, adult registration for the Cider Run is $25; $15 for those 12 and under. After April 1, the fees will be $30 and $20, respectively. The fun run is free for any child who is not up to running the 5K.

“Strollers and of course dogs are welcome. Please just do not bring your furry friends into the Fly Creek Cider Mill store,” Haynes added.

Sponsors are still being sought for this year’s Cider Run at the $100, $250, $500 and $1,000 levels. For more information, call Stacie Haynes at (607) 547-8111, ext. 101 by March 1.

Registration, sponsor, and waiver forms can be found at www.sqspca.org and route maps are available at https://www.flycreekcidermill.com/cider-run-7th-annual. The event will be held rain or shine.

To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to view available animals, visit www.sqspca.org. For more information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, call (607) 547-8111.

Foster

Kitten Foster Orientations-Register here

Fosters are most frequently needed for kittens of bottle feeding age, although sometimes they are also utilized for puppies or animals who are old, sick or stressed in the shelter. No experience necessary (although experienced fosters are very much needed), as you will be provided with all materials and instructions for the animal’s care.

Fosters need to keep open communication with our LVT and attend all scheduled medical appointments. Fosters provide a lifesaving service and are vital to the shelter, especially in the summer.

It is a job that is incredibly rewarding, but best suits someone who is patient, has free time, and is able to handle the possible emotional hardships that sometimes come along with fostering.

If you are curious to learn more, please contact us at (607) 547-8111, extension 100 and join our Facebook group “Susquehanna SPCA Fosters”

Front Desk & Office Work

If you are a people person, then this is for you! Help in the office is most needed during business hours (Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.), although other work can be done before the shelter opens, on Mondays, or even from home!

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet/assist customers
  • Answer/direct phone calls and take messages
  • Help give tours of the facility
  • Take in and process donations
  • Answer questions about various animals, adoption, etc.
  • Make adoption follow up calls
  • Research
  • Miscellaneous projects

Cat Enrichment

A shelter can be very scary and overwhelming for a cat, and we want to minimize stress as much as possible while providing enrichment, socialization and love. We receive lots of shy kitties who would typically have a harder time finding a home, but after spending time with our volunteers eventually come out of their shell and blossom into sweet, very adoptable cats.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Pet, brush and play with cats and kittens
  • Socialize with cats in communal rooms
  • Provide enrichment to cats confined to cages 
  • Pay special attention shy/undersocialized/old cats

Dog Enrichment

Minimizing stress as much as possible while providing enrichment and socialization to shelter dogs is extremely important to their well being and “adoptability”. Our goal is to provide the dogs in our care with as much love and attention as we can and help further their training so that they leave more confident and well behaved.

After you have completed training, you will be able to take dogs for walks, outings into town, play outside, or conduct other enrichment/socialization activities.

Animal Care & Cleaning

Types of tasks include, but are not limited to:

Caring for our animals and ensuring that their living space is properly cleaned, disinfected and comfortable for them is extremely important. The majority of cleaning is done in the mornings between 8:00 a.m. and noon (times may vary slightly depending on the volume of animals at the time), although there are also various other animal care projects that can be completed in the afternoons.

  • Providing food, water, litter, clean beds and toys to animals
  • Vacuuming, mopping, disinfecting, etc. of communal cat rooms
  • Cleaning of cat cages
  • Spraying down and squeegeeing kennels
  • Let dogs out into the yards and clean up after them
  • Brushing animals
  • Giving baths

Contact

607-547-8111
info@sqspca.org

Address

4841 NY-28
4841 NY-28
Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown, NY
13326
13326

Hours

Tuesday through Saturday
Tuesday - Saturday
12PM-5PM
12PM to 5PM
And by Appointment
And by Appointment

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